GrowthAfrica Accelerator in Zambia

Introduction to GrowthAfrica – the background, impact, activities and how GrowthAfrica supports entrepreneurs and partners in Zambia.

GrowthAfrica leads as a top accelerator programme for entrepreneurs in Zambia that provides business support, strategic advice, and investor readiness.

Based in Lusaka, the accelerator programme a promotes job creation by providing an intensive business growth support programme with acceleration activities, strategic advice, and investment readiness.

The Zambia Acceleration programme provides founders with opportunities to scale, and grow their business by  networking with various experts regionally in Africa, and globally; connecting them with a business network of mentors, experts, and investors who can accelerate their business and provide business capital.

GrowthAfrica goes beyond being a Startup support programme, or investment readiness . We are dedicated to growing Africa through the growth of impacting ventures and businesses delivering sustainable jobs and economic progress across Africa.

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GrowthAfrica Accelerator in Zambia

Introduction to GrowthAfrica – the background, impact, activities and how GrowthAfrica supports entrepreneurs and partners in Zambia.

GrowthAfrica in Uganda operations launched in 2017; bringing together its entrepreneurs, founders of small and growing businesses, government officials, capital providers, investors and leading business leaders.

To date, GrowthAfrica has successfully conducted 19 programmes, accelerated 199 unique businesses, with a total of 368 individual entrepreneurs have gone through the programme in all the countries it operates from.

The programme provides acceleration activities, strategic advice, and investment readiness.

GrowthAfrica, a growth partner for Zambia SMEs

GrowthAfrica has been in the enterprise development space for 17 years. Having recently moved into Zambia, we are impressed with the reception that we have received. We are confident that our programme will greatly impact the entrepreneurs involved and the entire entrepreneurship ecosystem in Zambia.

The team in Zambia is well equipped to run the acceleration programme. We always ensure that the activities we deliver are relevant to the local context in Zambia.

As we continue to grow and expand our resources to serve more Zambian entrepreneurs, the valuable lessons we gather are a great resource in enabling the entrepreneurs to grow regionally and continentally.

Accelerator programme history Business cohorts accelerated in Kenya since 2016
Ventures accelerated Zambian businesses who have completed the programme
Number of entrepreneurs Individual entrepreneurs who have gone through the programme in Zambia
Female entrepreneurs Zambian female entrepreneurs whose businesses have been accelerated

Illustrating impact in Zambia

World class business acceleration delivered and anchored in Zambia

Ventures per country


Mentors and speakers


Applications received


Investors in database


Industries covered

0 Entrepreneurs
23 Male
9 Female

GrowthAfrica Accelerator activities in Zambia

In venture support

In Venture support is a key part of the programme. Venture visits are organised at specific times to check in on the Ethiopian ventures, conduct veri diligence and offer support.


The Visioning bootcamp introduces entrepreneurs to the programme by guiding them to build their long-medium and short term vision. The Actioning bootcamp guides the entrepreneurs in creating a concrete implementation action plan.

Gap labs

During the first 6 months of the programme, the entrepreneurs go through a series of 5 gap labs that guide them through analysing specific aspects of their business.

Stories of Zambian ventures

Mulberry Mongoose: when fashion meets sustainability

With a backdrop of Elephants, Lions, and other Safari animals lies a beautiful village in the South Luangwa Valley in rural Zambia that unconventionally tells a powerful story.

Kate Wilson founded Mulberry Mongoose in 2013, a jewellry company built on the foundations of a global movement with increasing popularity in Africa: Sustainable fashion.

Meet the entrepreneurs from the land of Victoria Falls (Zambia)

Our 2021 Zambian Cohort spreads over an Investment Research Firm, and a Traditional Food Supplements company,

These are the 11 best Zambian entrepreneurs participating in our Africa’s leading Accelerator Programme;.

Ventures to Watch: Clean Power Solutions

GrowthAfrica programme alumni, Clean Power Solutions reach out to communities that are suffering and underdeveloped by providing reliable energy sources, featured on their website on clean power. solutions.

Our ventures & entrepreneurs

Meet the entrepreneurs and ventures we have worked with.
Get to know the resourceful network of alumnis that you could join.

I found that it (the Innovation Sprint) uncluttered my head, being able to talk about Mulberry Mongoose, have someone listen and understand you, mapping and breaking down solutions…It cleared my head and I saw clearly what the future of Mulberry Mongoose could be. Suddenly the dreams for my business, that I have shared with the catalysts seem tangible and plausible.

Kate Wilson Founder, Mulberry Mongoose

Let's Talk

How can we work together? How can we jointly develop more successful Zambian businesses which create jobs and economic progress - while delivering impactful and financial returns to investors?

Lillian Marenya Growth catalyst +254 724852944

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Lusaka, Zambia